first name


Definition of first name

: the name that stands first in one's full name

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Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby

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The vendor engraved my first name on it, spelled it wrong, and wrote it crooked. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Here’s how to break an awkward silence on the way up or down.," 8 Sep. 2019 Some records related to him list Rodgers’ first name as Montray, with Omari as his middle name. Jeff Weiner,, "Woman crashed car after being shot in the head, Orlando police say; suspect arrested," 23 July 2019 The beauty mogul's other brands, Kimoji and KKW Beauty riff off her first name as well—but without referencing an age-old, traditional Japanese garment. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West Will Relaunch Her "Kimono" Line Under a New Name," 1 July 2019 An earlier version of this article incorrectly gave his first name as Mark. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, "Plastic Bans: What You Need to Know," 22 June 2019 Mathew’s professional guardian, Doty, requested that her client be identified only by his first name to protect his privacy., "Kicked to the curb: How the state failed fragile mentally ill Oregonians," 22 June 2019 Archie's birth certificate is another example where her real first name comes into play. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "There's Something Special About Meghan Markle on Royal Baby Archie's Birth Certificate," 17 May 2019 But 19-year-old philology major Maria (who only gave me her first name) was still worried about the Telegram blockage. Trudy Rubin,, "Generation Putin: Young Russians, who have never known life without him, imagine their future | Trudy Rubin," 3 May 2018 The mayor first named Galvin to the ZBA in 2016 and supported him for reconfirmation this summer., "Here’s a quick rundown of the key players, and what’s at stake.," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of first name

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first name

: the name that comes first in someone's full name

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